Muhammadreza Haghiri emailed me about the release of the JabirBSD 1.0.
JabirBSD is a rebranded FreeBSD version for Iranian and Farsi speaking users “with rsync, sudo, nano and a lot of command-line based software”.
This first release is a re-branded version of FreeBSD, with the intention to fork from FreeBSD at a later point. The reason for this forking is, allegedly, due to kernel related changes.
I think it’s great to see developers wanting to take FreeBSD to the next level, but, it could be just me, I’m a bit weary of these new projects. Most of them fall by the wayside due to loss of interest, too small teams or lack of spare time (SecurityBSD TrueBSD, Evoke etc). Unless the project is backed by a company (although that’s not a 100% guarantee – remember Tomahawk Desktop?) or a large team, most of the time the project fizzles out and ceases to exist.
I wish the developers had started off by contributing to FreeBSD (PC-BSD, TrueOS) before deciding to set up their own project, and potentially fork. At the moment JabirBSD 1.0 is the same as FreeBSD and it is not clear how JabirBSD is going to be different from FreeBSD.
Unless developers that already contribute to FreeBSD (or any other project) want to move the project in an incompatible or opposite direction, forking maybe the way forward, but taking that decision should always be a last resort. IMO